Who speaks — or worse — thinks, for Christians these days? One wonders how much of a stretch it is to say Fox News.
Let’s take an issue that is going on now, has been going on a long time prior, and will fill talk shows for years hence — the Israeli/Hamas situation. Now most Christians know how they are supposed to think about this, simply because Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity are generous in analyzing the limited information citizen viewers are given, interpreting it, and shepherding followers in how and what to think. You’re free to disagree, because this is the America these commentators know and love, but do be aware that you will be considered “kind of dumb and ignorant.” That’s okay — just keep buying the books; that’s the main function of your purpose-driven life.
Now while there are Christians who listen to the other side — NPR and CNN — and are similarly guided by “opposite” analysis and directed reasoning — too many evangelical Christians associate Jesus with Republicans with conservative with Fox News, and whatever the sheep think about Israel, or any issue of the day, is lamentably reminiscent of the voice of a few influential, raucous, belligerent men.
Please read the whole story at What Is the Christian Response to the Israel/Hamas Situation? at my BeliefNet Blog, Commonsense Christianity. As regular readers know, I am able to post a teaser to the full story, and I am most grateful when people click through and read the rest.
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In one simple word…no.
They don’t represent me. They don’t represent you. May more and more Christians stand up, think straight, and speak for themselves.
Hey Carolyn. I stopped over and commented on your post. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Creative Style Linkup! 🙂
Hi, Brittnei — got your thoughtful, articulate comment and enjoyed it. Thank you for reading the article (as a blogger, I’m sure you realize how many people skim the title and think they’ve got the import of the whole story) and taking time to measure in. It is encouraging every time I encounter an articulate, literate person who thinks for herself and is not afraid to speak up. Can you imagine what this world would be like if we had more people like this?
Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
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I shared and commented on the other post. Great teaser!
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